AFLNZ Umpiring Accreditation Programme

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AFLNZ-Umpiring-AccreditationLevel 1 AFL KiwiKick:

All volunteers supporting AFL KiwiKick programs should attend 4 sessions – assistants/parent helpers should have this accreditation.

Secondary School students and teachers can utilize the programme as an introduction to the AFL pathway.

Club members can build links with the local community as well as increasing capability to assist with their respective clubs. It is conducted through practical, hands-on involvement under the guidance of trained personnel.

Level 2 AFL KiwiKick:

Two people involved in each AFL KiwiKick centre should have this accreditation. All coordinating coaches should be accredited. The course takes 4 to 6 sessions to complete. Content includes successfully being able to Goal and Boundary Umpire a game of AFL KiwiKick. Candidates are assessed practically at an AFL KiwiKick Centre


Level 3 AFL KiwiKick:

AFL KiwiKick managers and coach coordinators should be accredited at this level. Conducted over an 8 week period where you will be field umpiring a game of AFL KiwiKick. It is aimed at improving the Umpiring knowledge

Umpires are assessed over a full season of the AFL KiwiKick programme.



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AFL Level 1 Umpire Accreditation 


AFL Level 1 Youth:

For club and secondary school umpires of teenagers (Hawks Cup). The course takes around 2 hours. Content includes understanding youth participation in New Zealand. There is a specific focus on what motivates youth participants, social aspects of working with and managing players in this age range, specific communication skills and developing higher level skill and understanding. Candidates are assessed practically either in course time, the Hawks Cup or both.

AFL Level 1 Senior (Umpires of adults/ Open age):

The course takes around 2 hours.

Communication Skills. Fitness for umpiring football, recovery & rehabilitation. Umpiring & safety issues. Candidates are assessed practically either in course time, senior fixtures or both.

AFL Level 2 Youth / Senior:

For umpires involved at a higher level (rep teams, development squads, etc.) and aimed at umpires with an aptitude and genuine interest in improving their umpiring skills.

Conducted through practical, hands-on involvement of participants. Focusing on an umpire to prepare, conduct, review and adapt a year-long programme of umpiring.

Assessed practically on the job at training and in a match environment.

AFL Level 3 High Performance:

This program is for Umpires involved in AFL, state leagues, TAC cup or other programmes in the AFL Talent Pathway. Umpires working in, or aspiring to, this level, may apply to be invited to a week-long, live in programme. It is the highest umpiring accreditation offered by the AFL. It covers in greater depth those areas dealt with in level 2 plus relevant current issues, including technology, public relations and umpires as programme managers and mentors.unnamed